I did not really know what Cystic Fibrosis was until I met Hudson. I have learned that many people do not know what it is. Learn more about Hudson, his parents and Cystic Fibrosis. Click here. You may also sign up to Walk for the Great Strides Walk for a cure on May 18th.
Strides: Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis is the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation's largest national fundraising event. Tens of thousands of
co-workers, friends and family come together each year as one community
for one cause…to help find a cure for CF. In 2010, nearly $35.5 million
was raised to support vital CF programs.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs
and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United
States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product
cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:
clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend
elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments
have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF.
Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s